About the ICO and raising concerns
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We have various powers available to us under the different pieces of legislation we oversee:
- Read about our powers under the Data Protection Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
- Read about our powers under the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and INSPIRE.
The Commissioner does not act on behalf of individuals to resolve matters to their satisfaction. We use information gained from concerns raised by individuals to help regulate the legislation we cover.claiming compensation webpage.
You can take cases to court about most issues falling under the Data Protection Act. Read our guidance on taking a case to court.
The Freedom of Information Act is slightly different. You can only appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal against a decision made by the Commissioner, you can't take your own legal action under this Act. Read more information about the role of the Tribunal on their website.guidance about disclosures to the ICO under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (whistleblowing).View our current service standards.
The ICO uses the concerns you raise to determine whether there is an opportunity to improve information rights within the organisation you have concerns about. This may be as a result of you making us aware of a one-off event or your concern may help us identify a cumulative pattern of issues about an organisation.
In most cases we will not need to contact you again after you have let us know you have concerns about an organisation. If we do need to contact you again we will provide you with a reference number. If you require an update, you should call our helpline and quote your reference number.
We will publish information about the action that we take.
We will also publish information about the improvements made by organisations to their information rights practice.How we comply webpage.information rights research webpage.